Guyana: Off-break bowler Sunil Narine returned to form with a four-wicket haul and Darren Bravo carved out a resolute half century on Tuesday as West Indies defeated Pakistan by 37 runs in their second one-day international to level the series 1-1.
Narine had been wicketless in his last three ODIs, but his 4-26 helped West Indies dismiss Pakistan for 195 in 47.5 overs after Bravo set up a total of 232-8 by hitting 54. Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed top scored with 54, surviving four chances, before completing his half century while Umar Akmal made 50 off 46 balls in a lost cause.
Pakistan won the first match by 126 runs at the same venue Sunday. St. Lucia will host the third of the five-match series on Friday. "This win means a lot to us, the team really needed this to get our confidence back," captain Dwayne Bravo said.
"Narine had an off day in the first game. Saeed Ajmal also had a bad day, but Narine is the No. 1 bowler and he bounced back today." Captain Bravo juggled before dropping a regulation catch of Jamshed on zero and the lefthander was also dropped by Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy on 19 and 32 respectively.
Wicketkeeper Johsnon Charles then missed an easy stumping on 46 before finally Kemar Roach had him caught when Kieron Pollard was introduced in the attack in 37th over. Pakistan batsmen struggled to make progress on a slow-paced wicket, with Narine accounting for the key wickets of Mohammad Hafeez (20) and Shahid Afridi (5).
He went on to dismiss Wahab Riaz and Ajmal in his last over. "That was a good total on this pitch as it got slower and slower ... it got lot more turn and full credit to them the way they bowled," Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said. "We went for big hits at wrong times and you need set batsmen to chase on such wickets."
Earlier, Darren Bravo scored 54 off 81 balls with six boundaries and laid a solid platform by adding 79 runs for the second wicket stand with Charles (31) after hard-hitting Chris Gayle was caught behind in the first over. Captain Bravo (43 not out) and Kieron Pollard (30) then added 70 off just 58 deliveries toward the end.
Afridi, who grabbed second best ever ODI figures of 7-12 two days ago, returned with 2-29, while Ajmal chipped in with 2-45. However, Pakistan gave away 38 extras which included 21 wides.
Bravo completed his 12th half century in ODIs when he cut Hafeez through the slips for a boundary but lost concentration after being struck by a ball on his left forearm while stealing a quick single.
Soon after getting the treatment on the field, he was clean bowled by a 'doosra' from Ajmal, and the off-spinner ended Marlon Samuels' painstaking knock of 21 off 69 balls in quick succession.